How to motivate yourself to change your behavior | Tali Sharot | TEDxCambridge

  • Опубликовано: 28 окт 2014
  • What does make us change our actions? Tali Sharot reveals three ingredients to doing what's good for yourself.
    Dr. Tali Sharot is a neuroscientist at University College London and the director of the Affective Brain Lab. She is a faculty member of the department of Experimental Psychology, a Wellcome Trust Fellow, and currently a visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on how emotion, motivation, and social factors influence our expectations, decisions, and memories.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Комментарии • 533

  • ingle tingle
    ingle tingle 2 дня назад

    i bet her scientific peer reviewed written articles are very well formatted because she took forever to get to the point

  • Philip Jimenez
    Philip Jimenez 3 дня назад

    Very educational! Thank you for that talk 😊

  • Ed Chen
    Ed Chen 4 дня назад

    The women on the back at 15:17 looks like the women character from Halloween

  • Deb Harris
    Deb Harris 4 дня назад

    God is the only one who can truly change and heal your heart and renew your mind

  • blueshoes915
    blueshoes915 5 дней назад

    Very interesting. I’m going to use this to motivate myself from now on.

  • Patricia Wright
    Patricia Wright 6 дней назад

    I usually love this stuff. I even watched Dr. Amen on P.B.S. for 1 hour today. I can't tell you what she is talking about. I have tried to watch her for 12 minutes, & I am out! WHY?

  • azraaell
    azraaell 7 дней назад

    Stop slopping your mouth

  • azraaell
    azraaell 7 дней назад

    You can't scare people these days it's not P.C. natural human emotion if your white is illegal

  • orlendatube
    orlendatube 7 дней назад

    Very cool-wish she gave more examples of how to employ these strategies in our lives though. Its a different way of thinking, and more coaching would be great.

  • flachmom
    flachmom 9 дней назад

    A good way to think about parenting as well. Highlight the progress and NOT the decline.

  • Green Pasture
    Green Pasture 10 дней назад

    I'm seeing the spiritual application in this.

  • Endre Tivadar
    Endre Tivadar 11 дней назад


  • Endre Tivadar
    Endre Tivadar 11 дней назад +1

    I like motivation

  • Nicxum31
    Nicxum31 12 дней назад

    Fear can help, or it can bring you down, detrimental fear, it keeps you in lingo of trying, acceptable fear is the knowledge of the dangers of every endeavor you engage in

  • Subhash subbu royals
    Subhash subbu royals 13 дней назад


  • Jack Don
    Jack Don 13 дней назад

    After watching this I composed a symphony, ran a marathon and became a police officer!

  • Lou Jon
    Lou Jon 14 дней назад

    I am so confused

  • John Torres
    John Torres 15 дней назад

    Change is the ultimate reward.

  • andrew k
    andrew k 16 дней назад

    She is distractingly beautiful. Nervous but flawless delivery. Lucky husband!

  • Anthony Visco
    Anthony Visco 16 дней назад

    So....positive reinforcement works. Got it.

  • Eldina Dwiutama
    Eldina Dwiutama 17 дней назад

    im so motivated and also this video has change my mind thankyou :3

  • Sakura Kinomoto
    Sakura Kinomoto 17 дней назад

    this is great and sounds like it would work for motivating others to change behaviour. I am curious about whether it will work on yourself when you already what it's supposed to do.

  • Louie Otter
    Louie Otter 17 дней назад

    10:35 did that man in the white shirt just take out his phone?

  • Dei Evans
    Dei Evans 17 дней назад

    applied behavior analysis in real life!! goalzzzzz

  • Amjad Ali
    Amjad Ali 18 дней назад


  • Anny Flower
    Anny Flower 18 дней назад

    Oh my

  • Ania Kalinowska
    Ania Kalinowska 18 дней назад +1

    That is really inspiring.
    I would like to ask though, if we do reward ourselves, different people immediately with something when acting towards a good change how do we then make sure that the reward is no longer needed in order to still do the good thing.
    In other words: Let's take an example of a 3 year old. I would like to make him dress up in the morning. The warning of leaving soon of course doesn't work (so it is consistent with the argumentation). An incentive with a star to collect in order to receive a gift or a cartoon does work. He is dressing up. But how do I make sure he will dress up also without it?
    It applies also for the hospital exaple. Do we want to have the infinite count and race for an incentive or is there any way to reach the point that we don't need the incentive anymore and the habbit stays with us?

  • dario cambise
    dario cambise 18 дней назад

    I kept watching because she's georgeous

  • MRo
    MRo 18 дней назад +1

    I think a drink of water would be nice for her.

  • Bridgette Dunagan
    Bridgette Dunagan 20 дней назад

    How do
    You reward yourself? It’s your own money etc

  • Luxy Celina
    Luxy Celina 20 дней назад

    What a lovely change all people who have listened to the Talk by Tali Sharot!

  • Tech Publica
    Tech Publica 20 дней назад +1

    this is by far the hottest scientist I ve ever seen! She should do talks in schools to motivate teenagers :)

  • TheMaster
    TheMaster 21 день назад

    Sounds like she has discovered humans desire for competition.

  • Amit Novel
    Amit Novel 21 день назад

    Hm, I find her to be quite pleasant to hear. As a school teacher, this could be a game changer. Will try to implement this.

  • Arushi Dubey
    Arushi Dubey 22 дня назад

    this is one of the best video I ever watched.

  • Ambi Cahira
    Ambi Cahira 22 дня назад +1

    Honestly, a good way to get yourself to care faster is to want to be proud of yourself and celebrate what you did despite being difficult in that moment. If you ask "am I proud of myself?" Can really make a difference.

  • Fatima Hafeez
    Fatima Hafeez 23 дня назад

    Brilliant! This was quite helpful. Thanks

  • Vickie Wang
    Vickie Wang 23 дня назад

    But there is the question that keeping your positive behaviors is still very difficult, although you can change negative stuffs by these 3 tips

  • Joel Maxwell
    Joel Maxwell 24 дня назад

    and FAUX "news" has made billions on this theory

  • Nancy Falcon
    Nancy Falcon 25 дней назад

    I am wondering whether the differences in age regarding learning from bad news is related to historic/cultural events or trends

  • Malia Jolly
    Malia Jolly 26 дней назад

    Really liked your book, The Influential mind.

  • Dennis Grass
    Dennis Grass 26 дней назад

    Competition as being a motivator! It is what motivated her to change.
    "I want to be better (best) than others in my neighborhood" 14:45
    She also touched on the issues of Self Determination Theory

  • Brittaini Roberson
    Brittaini Roberson 26 дней назад

    That was awesome

  • Steve Higashi
    Steve Higashi 26 дней назад

    She makes a decent professor, but she is not a speaker. My attention died like 10 times in this short vid.

  • Brenda Roberts
    Brenda Roberts 28 дней назад

    I cant seem to get into this video, dammit!

  • OriginalTharios
    OriginalTharios 29 дней назад

    Sure...unless your neurophysiology is out of whack by genetics and not by experience. What're those people supposed to do?

  • Google Reviewer
    Google Reviewer 29 дней назад

    Very interesting talk!

  • Sirine Mersali
    Sirine Mersali 29 дней назад

    Where can I find her researches & experiments? Sources anyone?

  • Damien Bee
    Damien Bee Месяц назад

    My new Life Coach used these techniques to help me greatly.
    I kinda knew how she was getting me to change, but this made it obvious.

  • Damien Bee
    Damien Bee Месяц назад

    I rewarded myself by watching how many times I head the letter F used in place of TH, and W used as an L.

  • Python Attack
    Python Attack Месяц назад

    Very helpful. It explains the concept and shows how to apply it in our lives.

  • Shebbier Andrew
    Shebbier Andrew Месяц назад

    One of the best ted talks I’ve heard!

  • Andrew Cliffe
    Andrew Cliffe Месяц назад

    Am skeptical as fear campaign against smoking worked well in Australia

  • Alice Lee
    Alice Lee Месяц назад

    I wouldnt agree that this approach works.

  • Farishta Haidary
    Farishta Haidary Месяц назад

    A very slim speaker

  • Farishta Haidary
    Farishta Haidary Месяц назад

    A very fast speaker

  • Farishta Haidary
    Farishta Haidary Месяц назад

    Wonderful speaker

  • Sulcin Nicholas
    Sulcin Nicholas Месяц назад

    Love it

  • mike jones
    mike jones Месяц назад

    i am the boss

  • Robust Misconception
    Robust Misconception Месяц назад

    So in essence make your own scoreboard of your behavior and find sufficiently correct arbitrary measurement systems to use for evaluating the points in your scoreboard, compare yourself to the nearest equivalent of other people and convert the shorts into positive action... err.. yes, this feels smart but I've got no clue what I just wrote

  • Some Dude
    Some Dude Месяц назад

    Selection bias

  • Buddha Hollywood
    Buddha Hollywood Месяц назад

    Totally misleading. The title should be how gov and big companies control and manipulate YOU. You can use the same principles let's say with your kids but not to self motivate because she doesn't tell you that behind all this there is one most important factor HIGHER AUTHORITY.

  • Michael Colun
    Michael Colun Месяц назад +22

    I quit smoking because of the idea that i was wasting my time and not my health.
    1 cig = 5 minutes
    1pack = 100 minutes
    1pack per day over a month = 50 hours
    It's up to you to decide for what you want to spend this time, plus it tastes and smells awful

    • Edward Amina
      Edward Amina 9 дней назад

      Good for you dude

    • Brittany Smith
      Brittany Smith 19 дней назад

      I'm writing this down! I knew I was saving time, but I had never done the math on it.

  • michal murawski
    michal murawski Месяц назад

    that's a kindergarden level of reversed psychology, it worked because people are sheep, also if EVERYONE is doing IT that is probably the dumbest thing you could possibly do

  • Verne Fits
    Verne Fits Месяц назад +5

    she is cute

    • Nostalgic Gaming
      Nostalgic Gaming Месяц назад

      she looks like that psychiatrist from the "Lucifer" TV series. Also, Amy Pohler...

  • Horus SC
    Horus SC Месяц назад

    How to discover if you're a simple man:
    You'll see the name Tali, you'll click.

  • Ndndndndnd Bdndndndj
    Ndndndndnd Bdndndndj Месяц назад

    How can you help your live

  • Ndndndndnd Bdndndndj
    Ndndndndnd Bdndndndj Месяц назад

    How can your yourself

  • Ndndndndnd Bdndndndj
    Ndndndndnd Bdndndndj Месяц назад

    How can you help your life

  • Tommy Okuniewski
    Tommy Okuniewski Месяц назад

    If I ever deliver a TED Talk one day I'm DEFINITELY including a poop clip art in the presentation Lol

  • Fulla Disney
    Fulla Disney Месяц назад

    I really love the way you think congratulations

  • Pink Sky
    Pink Sky Месяц назад

    My question is what would be examples of good rewards for quitting smoking or exercising that would be as immediate as the reward you get from actually smoking or staying on the couch? How would they be strong enough rewards to overcome the rewards you get from smoking and not exercising? Serious question...🤷🏼‍♀️

  • sitti fatima balunan
    sitti fatima balunan Месяц назад

    Goodness is subjective. So whose view of goodness? To the drankard, drinking is good. How to motivate a drankard to change?

  • Ruvixx Charis
    Ruvixx Charis Месяц назад

    really good talk

  • Mallee Fowler
    Mallee Fowler Месяц назад

    Humans have always done this. We start with a theory and make all the facts fit it. Its how religions start.

  • Darcy Larangeira
    Darcy Larangeira Месяц назад

    Pardon! tell others what they should or not, is easy. It's hard to convince ourselves to change his or her lifestyle or start a new way of living. So, what seems to be good for me, will quite never be the same for someone else.

  • Josephine H
    Josephine H Месяц назад

    As a neuroscience student, I found this very interesting and fascinated to see how the results from researches can be applied in daily life!

  • maverator
    maverator Месяц назад

    This talk is targeted towards self help gurus because it explains the science behind behavior, or at least the studies behind the theories. As a person who has behaviors I’d like to change, knowing all this doesn’t help me put it into practice in any way whatsoever. This is not “how to change behavior” at all, it’s really just click bait.

  • go vols
    go vols Месяц назад

    In the medical example, how does the increase in compliance to the hand washing initiative result in
    Improvement of measurable patient and/or healthcare “associate” parameters relating to desirable
    Outcomes? Maybe some kind of graph illustrating positive social outcomes of desired individual behavior would
    Incentivize that behavior even more ?

  • sonnysingh
    sonnysingh Месяц назад

    That 401k analogy is horrible. People don’t log in because they cannot readily identify how to effect their vested financial interest in a system that is manipulated and out of their grasp. Also, “too late” of logging in after the 2008 crash is a horrific insight and judgement. I take it you are of the less than .5 % of the country that saw the once in a lifetime crash coming ?

  • Brian Be
    Brian Be Месяц назад

    👍🏾 Thank you

  • Hawaii Aerial Visions LLC
    Hawaii Aerial Visions LLC Месяц назад

    So... so... so...

  • Deku
    Deku Месяц назад

    So when people tell you not to compare yourself to others, they're really just holding you down.

  • Gareth Christopher Jones
    Gareth Christopher Jones Месяц назад

    Brilliant talk, well delivered and oh........ what a beautiful lower mandible .

  • Random Fierce
    Random Fierce Месяц назад


  • Wile G
    Wile G Месяц назад

    Great, more control and tracking in our life ...

  • farefouse olly
    farefouse olly Месяц назад

    people listen to the positive information and you shouldn't do that. modern psychology in a nutshell.

  • TheBlueskyson
    TheBlueskyson Месяц назад +2

    She cuts right to the chase in targetting the middle class 40 something parent with reference to stockmarket players and kids. lol. I reckon the teenagers and elderly have got it right. ty

  • Arieh Greenwald
    Arieh Greenwald Месяц назад

    Shavua Tov Professor Sharot,
    Thx so much for these nuggets.

  • Atila Rambo
    Atila Rambo Месяц назад

    Brilliant !

  • Mayowa Olugunwa
    Mayowa Olugunwa 2 месяца назад

    This brings a new perspective to 'out with the negative and in with the positive'

  • Einseitig
    Einseitig 2 месяца назад

    I would ask what this says about the 10% who already conformed before the change and the 10% that refused to conform after the change.

  • John Fernald
    John Fernald 2 месяца назад

    Great video, in that she explains what motivates people in general! What methods can we implement to motivate ourselves to accomplish a particular task?

  • Talisson Pedro
    Talisson Pedro 2 месяца назад

    If this tip is used by government media to change behaviors about others kids ?

  • Cayenne Pepper
    Cayenne Pepper 2 месяца назад

    This is an excellent video. What a great way to change the paradigm of the situations!!!

  • Halar Ali
    Halar Ali 2 месяца назад


  • guii Silva
    guii Silva 2 месяца назад

    And if i'm addicted to a game, and as a reward for not playing it during one day, I play it for 30 min?

  • Abhishek xyz
    Abhishek xyz 2 месяца назад

    This is motivating. Thank you!

  • Aaron Orel
    Aaron Orel 2 месяца назад

    What about people with depression?

  • Todd 808
    Todd 808 2 месяца назад +5

    Her lisp is so adorable it's distracting. I'm being rewarded immediately but probably for the wrong reasons. 😬. Frets!! Omg I want to give her a big hug!